CWA COVID 2020 Emergency Agreement

UPDATE: 6/30/20:

Guidance for Furloughed NJ State Workers Represented by CWA

CWA Tips for furloughed state workers filing for unemployment insurance

Update: 6/27/20: The Job Security MOA was overwhelmingly ratified.

13595 yes

1318 no

14913 total

  1. Summary of Agreement
  2. Signed MOA
  3. Schedule A
  4. Schedule-B-UPDATED


Education and Equity Committee Meeting 9/29/21 at 5pm

The Education and Equity Committee will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

Start brainstorming ideas for our goals for 2021-2021 to see what we would like to accomplish. Please see the Zoom link below.
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Thank you,
Misty Lammons Secretary Education & Equity Committee

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COVID-19 Vaccine Availability at Direct Primary Care Providers

Everside Health (previously Paladina) and Sanitas Medical Centers of New Jersey, two of the Direct Primary Care Medical Home vendors contracted by the Division of Pensions and Benefits, have recently been approved to administer COVID-19 vaccines and currently have vaccines in stock. Any eligible SHBP/SEHBP member, whether or not they are enrolled in DPCMH, can get vaccinated through these partners (provided that they meet vaccine eligibility requirements).

Update on NJ Reopening and Telework

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

We hope that you and your family are healthy and staying safe. We wanted to provide this message to update you on the steps CWA continues to take to keep members safe and to address concerns regarding return to offices and telework.

The last 16 months has brought so many unforeseen challenges. We are truly living in unprecedented times. On behalf of all New Jerseyans and the Union, we want to thank and recognize the amazing work performed by CWA members while in the office, in the field, and in remote locations during the worst of the pandemic. We maintained critical government services when the public needed it most.

As we have all come to learn, vaccinations are the best way to stop the spread of this highly communicable virus. CWA strongly encourages all members to get the vaccine. Vaccines are safe, effective, and the best way to protect our families and coworkers. The State has already mandated vaccinations in some worksites and that unvaccinated workers must get tested weekly in others. We anticipate the Administration will feel the need to take similar action throughout State Government. The impact of these policies must be negotiated with the Union before they takes effect. In the meantime, CWA remains committed to taking all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of all state workers.

When the pandemic struck, there was no federal plan in response to the emergence of a highly contagious life-threatening virus. With no time to prepare, Governor Murphy was forced to quickly convert the majority of state government services to remote work, partnering with CWA to help 80% of our members to transition to telework. To protect those workers whose jobs simply could not be done remotely, CWA staff and Shop Stewards inspected worksites and had daily – then weekly – discussions with Governor Murphy’s administration to do all we could to keep everyone as safe as possible. CWA has also provided 12 hours of health and safety training to hundreds of our CWA Shop Stewards, and will be training many more in the coming weeks. This training provides the necessary tools to ensure that management addresses and resolves worksite health and safety issues.

NJ has reopened, schools will be returning to in-person instruction and many state governments in the Northeastern United States are planning to return to work by September. Since Governor Murphy announced New Jersey State offices would fully resume onsite reporting on September 7th, our members should start to make the necessary arrangements in their home life to prepare for the return-to-office date of September 7th.

CWA has been advocating for remote working to continue beyond September 7th, where possible, and we have been in discussions with the State for the past several weeks. Members have contacted us to advocate for the ability to continue to telework and we hear you. CWA is focused on addressing members’ desire for remote work options while also building in protections that ensure this new way of working is equitable for all members, contractual protections are maintained, and members’ jobs are protected in the future.

Reaching an agreement on a completely new way of working is not easy, but we will continue to meet with the State and try to work through it TOGETHER. The current remote work arrangements, where they exist, were authorized under a State of Emergency without addressing many complications, rules, and thorough impact considerations. These are the many issues that all sides are now working through for a potential permanent policy. The State and CWA are committed to addressing the telework issue while also focused on the safe transition to offices during August and September.

We are concerned, as we know many of you are, with the rising trend of Delta variant cases. We know these concerns have an impact on returning to office on September 7th for many members. Throughout this pandemic, member safety has always been the number one priority. COVID-19 trends, science, and data are under constant review. We will continue to meet with the State in the coming days and weeks to ensure any workplace where our members have a presence is safe and protective. We will keep members informed as the situation continues to develop.

Again, we encourage all of members to get vaccinated. We will provide updates on the progress of all discussions with the State.

In solidarity,

Dennis Trainor, Vice President, CWA District 1
Franceline Ehret, New Jersey Area Director, CWA District 1
John Rose, President, CWA Local 1031
Migdalia Santiago, President, CWA Local 1032
Gaye Palmer, President, CWA Local 1033
Adam Liebtag, President, CWA Local 1036
Ken McNamara, President, CWA Local 1037
Shawn Ludwig, President, CWA Local 1038
Carolyn Wade, President, CWA Local 1040

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CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting – July 15, 2021

Register now for the CWA Local 1033 General Membership Meeting – July 15, 2021 held virtually via Zoom. Meeting starts at 5:30 PM.

All Members must pre-register to participate in this meeting. Registration deadline is 2:00 PM on July 15, 2021. Once your membership status has been manually verified, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to join the meeting. Please do not delay, members who register after the deadline may not be admitted.

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Action Alert! Urge Assembly committee to support Responsible Collective Negotiations Act

The Responsible Collective Negotiations Act – S-3810/A5862 – has been posted for consideration today in the Assembly Budget Committee, and Assembly members need to know we support it.

The first thing you can do is register online and tell the committee that your union backs this bill.CLICK HERE and fill out the form to be heard.

The bill would strengthen public employee unions’ position in collective bargaining by expanding the list of items open to negotiation. Terms and conditions of employment to be negotiated would include layoffs, assigned duties, disciplinary matters, performance evaluations and promotions, and subcontracting. Currently, many of these are completely dictated by management.

This legislation is strongly supported by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, AFSCME, AFT, CWA, IFPTE, Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ – IAFF), the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and many other public employees unions.

Finally, please send a letter to the Legislature by CLICKING HERE. Stand with your brothers and sisters by supporting this overdue historic legislation.

In Unity,

Charles Wowkanech

Laurel Brennan


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Your Retirement Security is at Stake in the PERS Election

When you receive your PERS ballot, please consider voting to re-elect AFT Brother Carey Brown as a Board Trustee.

The money you have invested in the Public Employees’ Retirement System will give you a comfortable lifestyle after you finish your service to New Jersey … if the Board of Trustees continues to act in your best financial interests.

I have developed a close working relationship with all the major public employee unions, including AFSCME, AFT, CWA, IFPTE, and others. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and I have worked together for over 10 years on several pension projects and I am proud to be a union member.

That’s why it’s important to re-elect a Trustee who has always put his fellow workers first. That’s why it’s important to re-elect a rank-and-file union brother who watches out for union members and their hard-earned pensions.

That’s why it’s important to vote to re-elect Carey Brown, the union-endorsed PERS Trustee who has been a watchdog on your behalf for six years and who will continue to ensure that state pension funds are managed wisely if you re-elect him.          

On or after March 29, your employer will give you your PERS ballot. Voting by mail, by phone or online, starts the minute you get the ballot and ends May 28.

Visit for information about this important election, including a sample ballot and full instructions on how to vote.

Don’t miss out! Your future is at stake!

What is PERS?

If you are a public employee, money deducted from your paycheck to save for your retirement is invested in PERS, the New Jersey Public Employees’ Retirement System.

The State of New Jersey established PERS in 1955.

The New Jersey Division of Pensions & Benefits handles all administrative functions of the retirement system except for investment.

The PERS Board of Trustees has the responsibility for the proper operation of the retirement system. The Trustees adopt rules and regulations to provide for the payment of benefits and the collection of money. The Trustees watch out for the best interests of retirees and future retirees. 

The Board consists of:

  • Six employee representatives
  • The State Treasurer
  • Two individuals appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate

The Board meets once a month.


CWA Elected Leaders Voted Unanimously to Re-elect Governor Phil Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver

A Message to CWA Members from CWA’s NJ Elected Leaders:

On March 3rd, 2021, CWA’s New Jersey elected leaders met with Governor Murphy to review his record and determine our endorsement for his re-election.
At the beginning of the meeting, Vice President Trainor reviewed the commitments that Governor Murphy made to CWA when he was first a candidate for Governor. He highlighted positive results on three main commitments:

  1. Murphy would make the required pension payment – which no governor in either party has done in a quarter-century.
  2. Murphy would fairly negotiate contracts that addressed the cost of healthcare.
  3. Murphy would protect good union jobs in New Jersey.

March 26, 2018: Murphy to state’s largest union: ‘era of disrespect’ is over (Atlantic City Press)May 1, 2018: Murphy gives 35,000 state workers 2% raise plus backpay(NJ 101.5)March 7, 2019: NJ state workers to receive raises under $120M deal reached with Gov. Phil Murphy (
Governor Phil Murphy addressed our group of Local Presidents and Local Legislative-Political Action Chairs, representing 25 Local unions and over 55,000 New Jersey members primarily employed by the State of New Jersey, County and Local Government, and Verizon Communications and AT&T mobility. We shared an open question and answer period before taking a vote.
Our discussion with Governor Murphy was broad, and free-ranging. We touched upon many topics, including: shared services, the American Rescue Plan being debated in Congress, the joint effort that resulted in the Millionaires Tax, paid family leave, the challenges of frontline work during the pandemic, the difficult and appreciated sacrifices of the last budget, in which some CWA members deferred wage increases and took furloughs in exchange for job security throughout the pandemic, the joint commitments to tackling racial disparities, and promoting good union jobs.

No subject took center-stage as much as Governor Murphy’s recent proposal to make a full payment to the pension fund for the first time in 25 years.
Kathy Cooley, a 30-year State Worker who chairs CWA Local 1033’s Legislative-Political Action Committee, pointed out that making the full payment has been CWA’s number one priority for more than two decades. Governor Murphy agreed that if the payment had been made when CWA first lobbied for it, this year’s payment would cost $800 million, instead of $6.4 billion. The cost of this falls squarely on those politicians – from both parties – who made the terrible financial decision of refusing to fund the pension in past years.

February 22nd, 2021: New Jersey Governor to Propose Full Pension Payment for First Time Since 1996(Wall Street Journal)February 23rd, 2021: NJ to fully fund pension for first time in decades(NJ BIZ)August 26, 2020: $4.9B public-worker pension payment in budget is not negotiable, Murphy says(
The Motion to endorse the Governor was made by Shawn Ludwig, President CWA Local 1038.
“This man, he has given us hope,” said Carolyn Wade, president of CWA Local 1040, representing over 8,000 of frontline workers in the Developmental Centers, Psychiatric Hospitals, Veterans Homes, long term care and Correctional facilities. “We’ve seen things happened we never dreamed would happen. We never dreamed we would finally get full funding of the pension. We are extremely grateful. Did we get everything that we wanted from him. No. He is not the Governor of CWA. He is the Governor of New Jersey and he is the best Governor in my remembrance. It is with pleasure that I speak in favor of this motion.”

“I have negotiated with CEOs and Governors for more than forty years,” said Vice President of District 1 Dennis Trainor. “As a CEO, as a boss, he’s good. He’s fair and he works with us. But as a Governor, he is great. He’s accomplished more for working people in New Jersey in three years than anyone else in the country. CWA is proud to endorse him and we are going to work like heck to make sure he is reelected.”
The motion was called and CWA called the roll: Local 1000 – Aye, Local 1014 – Aye, Local 1031 – Aye . . . Aye . . . Aye . . . Aye. . . Aye. . . it was unanimous! Murphy/Oliver for Re-election!
Local Presidents supporting the re-election of Governor Murphy:Amy Lafferty, Local 1000; Garren Steiner, Local 1014; John Rose, Local 1031; Mickey Santiago, Local 1032; Gaye Palmer, Local 1033; Adam Liebtag, Local 1036; Ken McNamara, Local 1037; Shawn Ludwig, Local 1038; Carolyn C. Wade, Local 1040; Kathleen Lordo, Local 1045; Bennie Brantley, Local 1077; Kevin Tauro, President of Local 1075; Jeff Miletta, Local 1078; David Weiner, Local 1081; Jon Worley, Local 1084; Mike Blaszczyk, Local 1085; Joanne McWilliams, Local 1087; Don Doka, Local 1088; Delores Phillips, Local 1089.

Some Additional Highlights From Our Meeting with Governor Murphy:
John Rose, President of CWA Local 1031, representing over 4,000 workers employed in libraries and State Colleges throughout New Jersey, thanked Governor Murphy for the State’s vaccine response, with over 2 million shots already dispensed at the time of the meeting. Governor Murphy pointed out that the first 1 million took 55 days to get out…but the second 1 million were out in just 22 days. Governor Murphy specifically pointed to the work CWA is doing to expand vaccines to more frontline workforce. Governor Murphy also praised President Biden and shared the good news that “everyone will be able to get a vaccine by May.”
Kathleen Hernandez, Executive Vice President of Local 1031, spoke of increased funding in this year’s budget for University Hospital, New Jersey’s only public hospital in the State. She also brought up the need to keep colleges and universities funded and fully staffed despite the toll the pandemic is taking. Governor Murphy shared this commitment to our colleges and universities.
Several Local leaders discussed the inequality in the collective bargaining rights afforded civilian State and Local Government workers when compared with school employees and law enforcement. Governor Murphy reiterated his commitment to collective bargaining – pointing to the better outcomes of negotiating over healthcare and job security.
Governor Murphy committed to the bargaining table as the mechanism for moving labor relations forward. Governor Murphy acknowledged the need to legislate change in this area, and agreed that he’d support such change.

More from YOUR Local Presidents:

“Through these most troubling times, Governor Murphy has stood up for unions and for workers. He has never lost sight of what is important,” said Mickey Santiago, President of CWA Local 1032, which represents thousands of State employees in the Departments of Transportation and Community Affairs as well as thousands of county and municipal workers and workers employed by the Port Authority.
“The Governor cares about our clients, and he cares about our families,” said Delores Philips, President of CWA Local 1089, representing workers employed by the Bergen County Board of Social Services. “I am so proud to support him and Lieutenant Governor Oliver for reelection.”
“We represent frontline field workers,” said Ken McNamara, President of CWA Local 1037, which represents more than 10,000 workers employed throughout the State. “The Governor has been a Leader throughout the pandemic. He demands and expects a lot from our dedicated members who serve and have sacrificed so much, but in exchange he stands with us to protect our jobs, our rights, and our benefits. Chris Christie abused and insulted our members. This Governor negotiates and makes a partnership with us. As a result, our members give their all to the public they serve, and are loyal to him.”

What You Need to Know About the COVID19 Vaccines

R-Health is hosting a virtual event on important information about the COVID-19 vaccines for NJ SHBP / SEHBP members and we would like your help sharing this information with your members.

R-Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Randy Robinson, R-Health Yardley physician Dr. Jacqueline Slakoper-Delessio, and R-Health West Orange physician Dr. Binita Prajapati will be covering:

  • What are the differences in the COVID-19 vaccines?
  • Myths and misinformation about vaccines.
  • Why it is important to receive the vaccine.

The event will take place on February 10, 7pm. You can find the event registration page here:

At this time, R-Health does not have any COVID-19 vaccines available, but will communicate with R-Health members when they become available.

We thank you and appreciate your continued support of R-Health.

Education and Equity Committee Celebrates Women’s History Month

Join the CWA local 1033 Education and Equity Committee to celebrate Women’s History Month for a special event on March 9th, 2021 at 6:00 PM. All CWA Local 1033 members are welcome to attend.

Topic: Women in leadership with an emphasis on motivating and inspiring women to be actively involved in the Union. Presentation by Margaret Cook.

Details: This event will take place via Zoom. Register now!

Margaret Cook, CWA VP of PHEW
Margaret Cook, CWA VP of PHEW

Special Presentation by Margaret Cook, the first Afro-Latina elected to the office of CWA Vice-President of the Public, Healthcare, and Education Workers Sector.

Do you have an idea or speaker for our next Education and Equity Committee event? Please contact Regina M. Jackson.

In solidarity,

Regina M. Jackson
Chairwoman of the CWA Local 1033 Education and Equity Committee